Saint-Etienne came from behind to beat Rennes 2-1 on Thursday and qualify for their first Coupe de France final since 1982, where they will face Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG rallied in the second half to thrash Lyon 5-1 in their semi and will make a sixth consecutive appearance in the tournament final, having won four of those (12 titles overall).
M’Baye Niang scorched Rennes into the lead with his spot-kick at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard after William Saliba—who is set to join Arsenal this summer—fouled Raphinha in the box. The defender recovered to play important roles in both Timothee Kolodziejczak and Ryad Boudebouz goals, however, as Clause Puel’s side completed the comeback in injury time, via beIN Sports:
Saint-Etienne have won the competition six times and made nine final appearances in total, the joint-fourth-most of any club after Marseille (19 appearances), PSG (17) and Bordeaux (10).
It was Les Parisiens who defeated Saint-Etienne in that 1982 decider—the only time they’ve met in the final of this tournament—but Les Verts are out to flip the script this time around.
A Kylian Mbappe hat-trick helped fire PSG to victory after Martin Terrier’s goal put Lyon ahead in this season’s other semi on Wednesday. Neymar and Pablo Sarabia also joined in the scoring, with their comeback made all the easier by Fernando Marcal’s red card in the 61st minute:
PSG and Saint-Etienne have already met twice this season—the former won 4-0 away in Ligue 1 and 6-1 in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals—and are due for two more clashes in less than a week next month.
The 2020 final will take place at the Stade de France on Saturday, April 25, and sees PSG attempt to make up for last year’s runner-up finish after they lost to Rennes on penalties (2-2 after extra time).